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May 10, 2018
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Incoming Sedgwick Principal Looking Forward To Small-Town Atmosphere

Posted 5/10/2018

By Pilar MartinJULIE Scott is the newly hired K-6 Principal for Sedgwick.JULIE Scott is the newly hired K-6 Principal for Sedgwick.

SEDGWICK—Julie Scott was recently hired by Sedgwick’s Board of Education as the new R.L. Wright Elementary principal. She’ll take the place of Pat Breckunitch, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Scott, a Kansas native, graduated from Circle High School. She stuck close to home, teaching for 17 years in Benton. She has more recently served as first the assistant principal and then principal of Kensler Elementary in Wichita.

“The four years I have spent in Wichita have taught me a great deal but I really miss the small-town atmosphere and school system, which has brought me to Sedgwick,” Scott said. “It has a reputation for being a great school district and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Scott has been happily married to her husband, George, for nearly 23 years. They have two sons, Logan, 21 and Lucas, 17.  Lucas will complete his senior year next year at Circle.  

Scott is a graduate of Allen County Community College and Emporia State. She has Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, a Reading Specialist degree from Wichita State, and Building Leadership licensure from Newman University.   

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Sedgwick High Student To Get College-Level Education

Posted 5/10/2018

By Pilar MartinMIKEY Storey will finish high school at the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science.MIKEY Storey will finish high school at the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science.

SEDGWICK – Mikey Storey, a sophomore at Sedgwick High School, is about to embark on a chance to learn many new things.

Storey has been accepted to the highly prestigious Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) at Fort Hays State University. Storey said she became interested in the program when she received a postcard in the mail from the school. “It looked interesting so I thought I would look into it,” Storey said.

KAMS offers accepted students classes and coursework taught by FHSU staff.

Starting next fall, Storey will move on campus at FHSU and attend college-level classes. “The teachers have to turn in reports on how we are doing. They won’t know we are high school students until that first assessment report comes out,” Storey added. She is a little intimidated about living on a college campus, but says she is up for the challenge.

Storey will complete her junior year of high school at KAMS. “If I do well, I can go there my senior year too,” Storey said.

To be considered for the KAMS program, enrollees must have taken The ACT/SAT and get a minimum of 23 on the ACT or 1150 on the SAT. The applicant must also have taken Algebra II, Geometry, Biology and Chemistry. They must also have completed all of the Physical Education and Foreign Language requirements. Grade Point Average and class rank are also important.

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Medication Shortages Leading EMS Departments To Seek Alternatives

Posted 5/10/2018

By Jared Janzen

HALSTEAD—Faced with ongoing shortages of pain medications, local EMS departments are looking into alternative means of helping patients manage pain.

“It’s not just us; it’s countrywide,” Halstead EMS Director Andy Lowe said about the shortages. “We have several medications and IV fluids as well that are either a major back-order or we just can’t get any.”

Lowe said his department has been dealing with shortages for the past year or two, but the problems have become worse recently.

“All the back supplies are finally wearing out to where it’s becoming a lot more concerning,” he said, adding that it’s taking a lot longer for medication orders to arrive.

Lowe said morphine—which is used for chest pain—is not expected to be available again until mid-2019, and so Halstead EMS will be removing that medication from its protocol.

“If it’s in our med list and the board of EMS does an inspection, we have to have it on board,” he said. “Even though we can’t get it, we would still get cited a violation for not having the med that we said we had.”

Ketamine, used as a general pain medication, has almost tripled in price

“As things start running out, prices start going up on what we can get,” Lowe said.

Halstead EMS will still carry ketamine, as it is used for sedation in addition to pain management.

Another medication that EMS is experiencing shortages with is epinephrine, its main medication used for cardiac arrest. To work around this, the department has to dilute a higher concentration of the medication on-scene. It’s just as effective, but it slows the process down, Lowe said.

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